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Archaeological Excavations at the Si’utu Midden Site, Savai’i Island

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Tomo Ishimura 1 and Tomohiro Inoue 2
1 National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara, Japan
2 Department of Archaeology, Kyoto University, Japan.

Abstract

This paper reports archaeological excavations at the Si’utu midden site on Savai’i Island, the Independent State of Samoa. The paper contains the result of the excavations including stratigraphy, findings, faunal remains, and radiocarbon dates. Although plain pottery has been obtained from the site, the radiocarbon results indicate the site belongs to the period after fourteenth century AD, the later part of Samoan prehistory. The stratigraphy of the site suggests rapid and drastic change of sea level in the prehistory of the Samoa Islands.

KEYWORDS: Plainware, Tafagamanu Sand, midden site, archaeology, Savai’i, Samoa.

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